Brewer, AI, Beech, R and Simbani, N (2017) Using de-escalation strategies to prevent aggressive behaviour. Mental Health Practice, 21 (2). pp. 22-28. ISSN 1465-8720

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Reducing the use of physical restraint in clinical practice, including face-down restraint, is a challenge for professionals. The aim of this literature review was to assess the use of de-escalation techniques to prevent aggressive behaviour or decrease its intensity. A systematic search of electronic databases was undertaken for articles published between 2000 and 2015. Evidence was found for the use of physical and pharmacological interventions to de-escalate aggressive behaviour; limited to no evidence was found to support the use of verbal de-escalation techniques in similar clinical settings. Research is needed to identify evidence-based strategies for the prevention and de-escalation of aggressive behaviour without using restraint.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aggression, de-escalation techniques, mental health, prevention, restraint, violence
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 10:47
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 01:30

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